Textual analysis, contemporary literature and newspaper writing (m) - ANALISI DEL TESTO E SCRITTURA GIORNALISTICA (M) (2019/2020)

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Name of lecturer
Alessandra Zangrandi
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Sem 2A dal Feb 17, 2020 al Mar 28, 2020.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to offer a competence in the structural and linguistic analysis of journalistic texts of various origins and destinations, as a premise for a professional use of journalistic Italian. Specifically, the course aims to make understand the fundamental characteristics of the language of newspapers, highlighting the lexical, syntactic and rhetorical peculiarities. It also aims to define the specific traits of the different types of article from a linguistic point of view and the strategies of a discursive approach. At the end of the course students are supposed to make use of the knowledge acquired on the operational level and therefore have the ability to independently proceed to the formal analysis of an Italian journalistic text.


Contents of the course
The course is divided into four main parts:
1) General characters of journalistic language: variabilty due to the type of the newspapers, to cultural or political position, to thematic sections, to diachrony; prevalent linguistic models; communicative functions: news and comment.
2) Italian language of journalism: syntax, lexicon, rhetorc, argumentation.
3) Journalism and new media: consequences on language and textual structure.
4) Text typologies: layout; headlines; linguistic and argumentative features of different article's types; text analysis.

During the lectures the topics of the four thematic areas of the course will be explained through specific textual analyzes of the different types of articles, in order to define their fundamental peculiarities. The e-learning platform will be used to provide additional material useful for lectures and more generally for active communication with students, regarding the bibliography, the topics of study and any other information concerning the course. In the last part of the course (2-3 lessons) students will be invited to exhibit in the classroom and discuss the results of the analysis of a journalistic text with their classmates and teacher.
Non-attending students will be supported with regard to the textbooks, also through the e-learning platform.
The content of the textbooks, as well as the lessons and exercises, is part of the program.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Luca Serianni Leggere, scrivere, argomentare. Prove ragionate di scrittura Laterza 2013
Riccardo Gualdo L’italiano dei giornali. Carocci 2017

Assessment methods and criteria

For all students, attending and not attending, examination includes a interview on the topics of the class; during the interview students are supposed to describe the page of a newspaper.
The objectives of the assessment test are:
a) verify the analytical knowledge of the topics of the program;
b) verify the capacity for reflection and elaboration in relation to specific topics.
All students, attending and not attending, are also required to present, before the exam date, a written essay containing a linguistic and structural analysis of a journalistic text choosen by the student.
The final vote will consider the results of the interview and the written essay.